Did this in November-December 2013, for a full month. Don't expect anywhere near fluency if you're going in as just beginner or early intermediate, unless you're a language savant genius. I took it quite seriously, did all the homework on time, studied, paid attention in the classes, and still felt I had only progressed from Debutant 2 to Intermediate 1 ... which is OK I guess. But you really need to keep working on the language afterwards, so if you live somewhere where there aren't many opportunities to speak French... you won't progress. Would be better if there were a homestay option, so you could continue with French in a family setting in the evenings, but that is not offered.
The teachers were all nice and patient, no issues there. Some were slightly pretentious perhaps, but they're French what does one expect? :P
Location: not particularly convenient. School is perched atop a series of winding streets, high above the main town area. You have to walk far downhill to get near anything, like a supermarket. i was lucky enough to get an apartment very close to the school, 2 minute walk. Other people lived more downhill from the school, so I didn't envy them at all. Especially older people - I imagine they had a hard time with all the walking uphill-downhill required.
The tape recorder-based technology in the lab is very old and needs an update. It doesn't have to be changed entirely - the audio format is potentially effective - but at least get all the tape recorders working properly.
Also I thought playing Edith Piaf 'la vie en rose' at the closing graduation ceremony was a tad cheesy and overdone, but just my opinion. Bonne chance!
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